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Grateful Dead Live at Copps Coliseum on 1990-03-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Copps Coliseum on 1990-03-21

Topics Live concert

Mississippi Half Step, Minglewood Blues, Far From Me, Queen Jane Approximately, Loose Lucy, Victim Or The Crime, Standing On the Moon, Promised Land Hey Pocky Way, Crazy Fingers-> Cumberland Blues, Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Jam-> I Need A Miracle-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Copps Coliseum
Location Hamilton, Ontario

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD Master Cassette > DAT > CD > EAC (secure) > WAV > mkwACT > SHN
Transferred by Brian Heath


SBD Master Cassette > DAT > CD> EAC> SHN; via Brian Heath


Reviewer: WDead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2015
Subject: 25 years ago tonight
Wow, the years have flown by. Miss going to these shows. Further and Phil and friends have kept it going. Hope it never ends. This was a great show. They were definitely on for both nights. Slept in a friends van with about 5 or more friends in the parking lot. Great time,
Reviewer: Tiger Wolf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2012
Subject: OK 1st Set, Better 2nd Set
There were better shows on the spring 1990 tour but this one is worth hearing for the nice second set with some set list variety, at least in the first half. As with most any Estimated from the late period, you may want to skip through the middle portion to the outro jam if you find Bob Weir's braying ("No, no, NO! Worry about me, no, NO, Worry about me . . . . worry about me . . . worry . . . NO! NO! NO!") as deeply irritating as I do.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavorite - March 21, 2010
Subject: hi blonde hippie chics!
This shows first set doesn't get off the ground. Really slow.

One of my favorite Brent and dead songs, hey pockey way raises the level a bit. Crazy fingers stops short just when Jerry was headin into the gimme jam.

This was a really hot time, summer 89- summer 90, this one maybe not so much.

The hottest show of spring 90 is 3-29-90, even with out Branford, listen to the opener.

Reviewer: LizaCatSunflower - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2009
Subject: Blonde Hippie Chicks in the Front Row!
I was one of the two blonde chicks freaking out in front of Jerry that night. An AMAZING night for all of us, but especially for Jennifer (the other, TALLER blonde) and me. Our general admission tickets certainly did not justify our amazing luck or maybe it was more than luck? All we knew was this: the two people who had the tickets for those seats never came to them, and instead, we got the THRILL OF OUR LIVES! Jerry serenaded us *personally* during "Standing on the Moon." Wish someone had videotaped that show, because I am SURE our writhing and squirming little bodies would've been all over it!
Reviewer: cmgordon69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2009
Subject: Without a Net
Good solid show. I had a great time up there. A bunch of us from South Jersey went up there for both nights. We had a helluva time gettin' stuff over the border but was successful nonetheless. The Half-Step and Victim are both on Without a Net. I remember thinking Bobby was going to play Lost Sailor (I swear I can still hear it in the tuning before Estimated), but to no avail. Scene around the Coliseum was scrappy and expensive but overall it was a great time!
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2009
Subject: WOW
Another great spring 1990 smoker. Good sound quality. If you're poor like me and have a 30 watt shelf stereo with no subwoofer the bass is thin. Now I wish I didn't spend all my money on whiskey.
Reviewer: joejoe2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2008
Subject: Victim Or The Crime
Victim Or The Crime was wild. They used the back speakers for a Quadraphonic effect. It was like they spun the effects at the end around all 4 banks of speakers.

I think 1st loose lucy for me.

I recall they had 200 arrests outside.

I bought I nice poster for that show at a shop across the street.

We stayed in a dive motel in Niagra Falls. All I have to say is that girl getting out of the dude's minivan didn't look like his wife.
Reviewer: 90 shows so far - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2005
Subject: Brent falls of the keyboard bench
Does anyone remember that at these shows, on the 2nd night Brent comes out for 2nd set and he falls, like he missed the keyboard bench.....I do....anyways, we drove from Stevens Point, Wisconsin to Toronto in a VW bus with NO heat! He he, I used a propane space heater, it really fogged the windows good, also, got stuck forever at the border because of the bus, and I had aspirin...........whatever.....
Reviewer: BostonIndica - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2005
Subject: always loved this show...
great setlist, great jams.

pick this one up if you're
looking for a good 1990 show.

Reviewer: David Bolewski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2005
Subject: Download this sounds great
We drove from Racine Wisconsin to Canada. The Parking lot was not very active..Aw shucks...It was overcast and someone donated a giant paper sack of donuts,free for the taking. It must have weighed 200 lbs. I walked around the Copps coliseum complex and ran into Billy Kruetzman standing on the sidewalk by himself. I said 'How are you doing Billy?'and he said with a humorous expression 'I'm just trying to get a cab' He looked very tall from my memory. like 6'3".We where close to the stage both nights but the sound was not the best for some reason. The boards sound better than the show from my memory.The sound quality for this show is a 5 and the playing is a 4. Definate download.
Reviewer: Dead_Phish24 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2005
Subject: Swallowing Earth's Inhabitence
This is what happened during Victim or the Crime...And we were in Canada...This show became so powerful, i cant remeber some of the 2nd set, but man that Wharf Rat... not enough words.. I wanna thank you Rob, were ever you are these days, John..You too, Dave you and I were in the same boat that night...we all were, Megan, and Bon Scot ...great trip...I called it , Mississippi was gonna open it. after that, existence was the discussion,,,peace talk to you all Hopefully soon,... Rob, Thanks for finding me stumbling around drunk on burgandy wine...Peace
Reviewer: liddy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2005
Subject: mixing it up
Very solid show, though the 2nd night at Copps is a better overall performance. Lots of novelty in the mixed-up setlists ... very spacey victim>SOTM>promised to close out the first set, then a really unusual fingers>cumberland transition. The recording could be a bit "warmer", but overall it's very clean and sharp. Worth a listen.
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: 3/21/90
Very nice...good SOTM, sweet Far From Me. Brent was crooning..

It is tough to listen to Bobby cut off Jerry before the Queen hear Jerry lightly play the sweet opening lick of Must Have Been the Roses about 5 times before Bobby starts w/ the opening rythn of QJ. I like QJ, but it ain't MHBTR..

Oh, yeah...the Crazy Fingers>Cumberland is hot!

I'll agree that the sound is a tad thin and "tinny"...but I say that only because by this time I've become completely spoiled by this website. Worthy of any collection!
Reviewer: Cucumber - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2005
Subject: Relaxed Canadaaahhhhh
The Copps shows were both solid. The sound on this one is a bit hollow, though.

This Half-Step was used for "Without a Net"
Reviewer: ccrider_71 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2004
Subject: being there
This is my first review so its proper that I had the honor of being there for the two nights. This night was especially kind, and though I wasn't in the fourth row on the floor like I was the next, this show stands out particularly in my mind for the Queen Jane and Standing, not to mention the freaky distortion they used during Victim. It blew my mind! I also remember listening to the tape my friend Dave made at the time and listening to it in the hotel room after the show. I guess its not so strange that he's now the archivist for the Dead, having taken over for Dick. Lucky man! Another thing that stands out is getting up the next morning after the last show and looking out the window to see all the teenieboppers hanging out behind Copps Coliseum vying for a glimpse of the Backstreet Boys, who happened to be playing that night. Cripes! They had cameras trained on every window in the hope of catching a glimpse of Johnny or somebody or we gave 'em one when friend Ford hung his bare ass out the window. That'll learn 'em. Its funny, but those pre-adolescent girls were more destructive than the thousands of deadheads who invaded the city the previous three days and they had only just arrived. These shows are well worth downloading!
Reviewer: sperry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2004
Subject: Canadian Pride
I was at this show and definitely agree that this performance is definitely underrated. Perhaps overshadowed by the following night.

The second set opener, Hey Pocky Way, is pretty solid and the opening notes are pretty cool (why did they drop these opening notes later that year?). There are many highlights including the Estimated, Cumberland and Wharf Rat but, as I recall, the place was just hoppin' during the wicked throwing stones. It seemed the whole audience clapped in sink with the beat, but in the same active motion
(maybe it was just me!). But it created even higher momentum until the closing Lovelight, which also rocked.
This particular show does sound good and well worth a download, but if you can find a clean AUD. go for it.
Download it anyway. You won't be dissappoiinted.

during the first chorus.
Reviewer: Kemper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: GD
nice crazy fingers as well
Reviewer: northvenice - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2004
Subject: canine girls?
i swear during minglewood bobby said canine girls....thought it at the time at copps...maybe its just a few too many syllables....or labatts blues...LOVED the show tho......spirited lucy and wharf rat too..and v good vocals on both jer and bobby throughout...
Reviewer: ellisd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2004
Subject: underrated
hell of a show
smokin pocky way good standin
sound could be a little better good enough though
Reviewer: Duanebase - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2004
Subject: Good Show
Although the 2nd night of Copps gets most of the attention from this tour, this is also a very solid show. And it sounds good taboot ! Give it a listen.
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